Tell Michigan to Start Adopting Clean Energy

Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Goal: Endorse proposal to set renewable energy goals and create clean energy jobs

A proposal on the Michigan ballot is calling for much-needed energy independence, lower emissions, and job creation in the state through investment in renewable energy. Such legislation would involve an amendment to the state constitution necessitating that 25% of energy come from renewable sources by 2025. It is time that Michigan follow the lead of nearby states, and invest in clean energy.

This proposal would benefit the environment and human health by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and toxic particles in the air caused primarily by Michigan’s reliance on coal. The state economy would benefit because a significant portion of energy would be sourced locally, keeping money within the state and providing many clean energy jobs. Currently most of Michigan’s energy comes from out of state. Employment would also come from restructuring manufacturing to be more efficient and use renewable energy, which would also benefit public health.

Health, environmental, political, and citizen organizations on a state and national scale are supporting this proposal which would benefit Michigan in many ways, and for the long term. Utilities companies and some political groups oppose the proposal because short term profit is at risk and because of a concern regarding its place in the constitution. Policy has always been a part of the Michigan constitution and a provision would ensure that the goal’s deadline would extend if needed to prevent electricity rates from rising more than 1% in a year.

Please support this important proposal as it would represent a major turning point for Michigan in terms of improvement in the economy, environment, energy efficiency and independence, and public health.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Snyder and Michigan Chamber of Commerce,

The renewable energy proposal on the Michigan ballot this year is an important opportunity that must not be missed. Proposal 3 would ensure the comprehensive incorporation of renewable energy, creating much-needed employment, reducing toxic emissions, and improving public health.

The proposal’s inclusion in the Michigan constitution makes sense, as policy is an important part of this living document. Further, this inclusion is an effective way to ensure the creation of meaningful legislation to meet the goals of the proposal. The implementation of the legislation would occur incrementally so as to not cost customers more than they can afford. Surrounding states already depend increasingly upon renewable energy sources, and many environmental, health and policy organizations are behind this change. Energy independence is a very important step which would keep money in the state and create many jobs through infrastructure development and manufacturing. Public health is perhaps the most serious consideration, and this proposal would make sure that the shift to renewable energy happens in a timely and effective manner.

Please ensure employment, economic improvement, and the long term health and safety of Michigan’s people and environment by supporting the clean energy proposal.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Time to get with the program.

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